Volcano Awareness

Vincentians will be sensitized on the dangers of geological hazards, during a week of activities organized by the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the eruption of La Soufriere volcano.

A release from NEMO says April 13, marks thirty five (35) years since the eruption of the volcano in 1979.

NEMO says it will be collaborating with the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of The University of the West Indies, the Soufriere Monitoring Unit (SMU) and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society to host the activities during the period April 28 – May 2, 2014.

The programme is intended to commemorate the anniversary and to raise awareness about geological hazards.

NEMO says this year’s Volcano Awareness Week events will boost awareness about the hazards associated with living on an island with a ‘live’ volcano.

It says while the volcano in recent years has been quiet it is still active. The activities planned seek to engage students, members of vulnerable communities and the general public in both the science behind the volcano and the safety needed to prevent harm.

The local media will also be trained in the science, safety, broadcasting of geological hazard information and how to deal with issues that may arise in the event of a volcanic eruption.